In the second part of Red Bulls Fettlers series, the winged pop maker takes a look at some of the most incredible homemade bikes. The focus is this video turns to carbon fibre and the processes used by one bike builder to make his own carbon-fibre based mountain bike frames and components.
Adrian Smith uses 3D printing to manufacture the moulds for his CAD-based designs, and then uses carbon fibre fabrics to lay over the moulds and produce the final parts.
The costs of 3D printers have come down in recent years and are no longer the preserve of big businesses. In Smith’s case, he built his own 3D printer up from scratch at relatively low-cost. Since then he’s built several inexpensive XC and Downhill bikes under his Carbon Wasp brand name in his home garage in Leeds.